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David Beckham tips Kane to face Messi in England versus Argentina World Cup final

3:27 PM GMT+4 21/06/2018
David Beckham England Argentina 2002 World Cup
The former Three Lions skipper has plenty of personal history with the Albiceleste and sees old rivalries being rekindled on Russian soil this summer

David Beckham believes England will rekindle their rivalry with Argentina in the 2018 World Cup final, with Harry Kane and Co. being backed to book a date with Lionel Messi and the Albiceleste.

The former Three Lions skipper was among the interested observers as Gareth Southgate’s side got off to the perfect start in Russia with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tunisia.

Argentina did not fare as well in their opener, with Barcelona superstar Messi missing a penalty as they were held 1-1 by Iceland.

There is, however, still a long way to go and Beckham – who has plenty of personal history with the South Americans from the 1998 and 2002 events – believes two old adversaries will find enough form to book a showdown in Moscow on July 15.

The Manchester United and Real Madrid legend told reporters at an event to promote China’s largest collegiate football league: “I believe Argentina will play against England in the final.

“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that's me being biased and passionate about my country.”

While it comes as no surprise to find patriotic Beckham backing England to go far, there is a growing belief that an exciting young squad could be dark horses for the global crown.

The Three Lions certainly offered plenty of encouragement in their opening game, with captain Kane netting a match-winning brace as Southgate’s side battled bravely to the end and created enough chances to suggest that more comfortable victories will be on the cards.

Beckham added on a thrilling win over Tunisia and what England can expect from the remainder of the tournament: “I'm very happy that we won the first game in the group.

“England is a very young team, they don't have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”

England are next in action against Panama on Sunday, while Argentina will be looking to record their first three-point haul when they take on Croatia on Thursday.